Steps to self-care
Introduction to creating your self-care regime!
August 11th 2019 by - Cherene Bennett - @Kimikobean
Self-care seems to be the new buzz word at the moment.
Self care Sundays, #self-care, all In the name of self care, but self care can mean different things to different people.
They say that self care isn’t just bath-bombs and bubble baths but to some people it is.
To others self care is protecting yourself from toxic people that keep draining their energy. To others it’s simply saying NO to anything that doesn’t serve you. There are so many definitions of self care but personally I believe self care is making sure you nurture, respect and honour yourself by any means possible so that you can operate at your best.
It is vital that we stay charged up to be able to function fully.
Naturally we lose physical and emotional energy daily through work and basic human interactions. Like a battery we need to recharge what we have lost. You will never leave your house with your iPhone battery on 40% so why would you walk around feeling empty, lacking energy and not being fully charged up to operate throughout the day.
My view on self care is that I see myself as a cup. My talents enable me to be able to help people but what happens when I’ve poured out all my goodness to others? Self care isn’t new but its an act/ritual that many of us didn’t grow up intentionally doing for various reasons.
Yes, we get our hair and nails done but for some that is just maintenance not self-care. Self care is taking time to intentionally pour back into you and honour your temple, whilst protecting and persevering it.
We give so much of our time to others and often neglect ourselves in the process.Self care isn’t selfish but a means to survival taking a step back to pour into you is the only way you can continue to help others without draining yourself.
When did you last take time out and ask yourself do you care enough for you as your do for others?
Do you know when your tank is running dry and needs topping up? Maybe not, and you know why, because we haven’t taken time out to become in tune with our bodies.
Do you have your survival kit ready?
Now is the time to make a change
I have listed 5 self care tips/actions you can start to incorporate into your life to kick start your self care journey and start teaching you how to carve out time for you and your temple.
Practice saying no
Make a declaration/promise to you.
Today I promise to say no to something that doesn’t serve me. I promise to only do things I enjoy and that make me happy.
2. Take a bath
Sounds normal but so many of use are used to rushing to get ready, why not put in your favourite bath bombs and light a candle. Just soak, NaphtalyWorld has an amazing range of products that can be purchased though their website. Their Lavender and Bergamot candles will help you to distress whilst taking a soak.
3. Me time
Create time for you! This could be just setting an hour a week to do what ever you enjoy, that maybe reading, getting a manicure or pedicure, praying or journaling. This is sometimes the hardest task but I always suggest start of with what you can manage if that’s one hour a week on a day that suits you or 15 mins every morning or night. Once you start the habit you will build discipline and strength in this area.
4. Self care box
A simple shoe box (or a fancy box decorated box) with all your favourite self care items in there, a journal, candle, bath salts, your favourite inspirational quotes. I personal like to also put a nice silk gown and pair of earrings in here too so I can really feel like a Goddess when I am having my me time!
5. Create a sacred space
An intimate space in your home where you can shut down from everything around you and be at peace. This can be anywhere, your bathroom, a spare room, or even a small corner that your retreat to.
Self care- The moment when you actively decided to put YOU first!
July 25th 2019 by - Ashuni Pérez
Photo Credit to @thelazyartistgallery
While summer has a reputation for being a joyous time, it’s not uncommon to experience that summertime sadness. A great way to avoid this dip in your mental health is by regularly dedicating time to yourself. Even if you’ve already got a self-care routine in place, you may want to switch things up to keep it fresh and effective. Read on for some tips on how to devise your own self-care summer.
Get Your Hands Dirty
Drop the smartphone and put your hands to good use! The hotter temperatures and plentiful amounts of sun in summer months lend themselves well to gardening. So, consider starting a home garden or signing up to a community garden. Sometimes getting your hands dirty can help you see your problems from a different perspective or even forget about them altogether.
Pump Up the Jams
Spend an afternoon making a banging summer playlist.Your special summer playlist should help you feel good and think positively. Depending on your preferences, you can make a fun and dance playlist or even a chilled and soothing playlist. Listen to this playlist while you get ready, do housework or exercise. If it’s a great playlist, it will put you in a good mood for the whole day!
Go Out and Explore
Channel your inner Indiana Jones and find yourself some adventure. Getting out of the house to go for a hike or a stroll through the nearest park can help you feel better instantly. If your hometown has any special summer events on, why not give them a try? You can explore solo or with friends. The objective is to try new things and broaden your horizons.
Find Your Zen Moments
Regularly devoting time to your self-care can prevent you from burning out. Meditating in the morning or before bed may help you cultivate some inner peace. Lighting a scented candle and taking a bath at the end of a long day is another excellent way to decompress and recharge. If you are headed to the beach or pool, going for a long swim can also help you relax and find your zen.
Whether it’s buying a luxurious new face mask, a yummy gelato or tickets to a festival, remember that it’s okay to splash out now and then. If you can’t afford to splurge, there are other ways you can treat yourself. You can check out a new book from the library, pick yourself a lovely bouquet of wildflowers or try a new shade of nail varnish. All that matters is that you do something out of the ordinary to spark your joy.
Summer evokes images of lounging by the pool, fun garden parties, and smokey barbecues. Although there are plenty of things to enjoy, it’s vital not to neglect your self-care this summer. No matter what interests you have, you can benefit from adding something new to your self-care routine. After all, summertime is a great time to relax, discover something new, and shine bright like a diamond.
FIVE SUPER-FOODS TO GET YOU SUPER CHARGED
June 20th 2019 by - Ashuni Pérez
FOR SOME PEOPLE, COFFEE IS AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY LIKE THE BLOOD IN THEIR VEINS. HOWEVER, DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE CAN GIVE YOU JITTERS AND KEEP YOU UP AT NIGHT. NOT TO MENTION, COFFEE CAN SOMETIMES FAIL TO GIVE US THAT ENERGY BOOST WE NEED. LUCKILY, THERE ARE CERTAIN FOODS OUT THERE THAT PROVIDE NATURAL SOURCES OF ENERGY. HERE ARE FIVE SUPER-FOODS THAT CAN HELP YOU MAKE IT PAST THE AFTERNOON SLUMP.
THIS AMAZONIAN SUPER-FOOD DOESN’T JUST PLAY A PART IN MAKING DELICIOUS CHOCOLATE, IT’S ALSO PACKED FULL OF POWERFUL NUTRIENTS. ONE COMPONENT, IN PARTICULAR, IS POLY-PHENOL, A NATURAL ANTIOXIDANT. POLYPHENOLS WORK TO IMPROVE BLOOD FLOW AND INCREASE BRAIN FUNCTION. THEY CAN ALSO HELP IMPROVE YOUR CHOLESTEROL AND BLOOD SUGAR, AS WELL AS REDUCE INFLAMMATION. WHO KNEW SOMETHING SO DELICIOUS COULD BE SO GOOD FOR YOU, TOO?
ORIGINALLY FROM THE ANDES MOUNTAINS IN PERU, THIS MAGICAL ROOT HAS A REPUTATION FOR IMPROVING ENERGY AND STAMINA. TRADITIONALLY, MACA FOUND ITS POPULARITY AMONG THOSE LOOKING TO INCREASE THEIR FERTILITY. THAT’S BECAUSE THIS SUPER-FOOD CAN NATURALLY INCREASE YOUR SEX DRIVE, AS WELL AS, YOUR ENDURANCE AND EVEN IMPROVE YOUR MOOD! WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING TO INCREASE YOUR LIBIDO OR BE MORE PRODUCTIVE ADDING SOME MACA TO YOUR DIET IT WORTH A TRY.
THESE BLUE-GREEN ALGAE HAVE LONG BEEN TOUTED AS A HEALING SUPER-FOOD, PACKED FULL OF ANTIOXIDANTS TO HELP YOUR MIND AND BODY. CHOCK FULL OF IRON, VITAMIN B3, TRYPTOPHAN, AND AMINO ACIDS, SPIRULINA CAN HELP GET YOUR DAILY DOSE VITAMINS AND MINERALS. IT’S THOSE SAME POWERFUL NUTRIENTS THAT MAKE SPIRULINA GREAT FOR ENERGIZING THE BODY. THE VITAMINS THAT SPIRULINA CARRIES HELP INCREASE PHYSICAL ENDURANCE AND IMPROVE MEMORY. YOUR BODY AND MIND WILL FEEL READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD WITH THE HELP OF THESE CYANOBACTERIA.
NATIVE TO ASIA, GOJI BERRIES HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO FIGHT OFF THE FLU AND BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. PEOPLE WHO CONSUME GOJI BERRIES SAY THEY PROVIDE AN ENERGY BOOST, IMPROVE THEIR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE, AND THEIR ABILITY TO CONCENTRATE. THESE TANGY LITTLE RED BERRIES CAN ALSO HELP FIGHT FATIGUE, AID WEIGHT LOSS, AND REDUCE SKIN PIGMENTATION. YOU CAN FIND GOJI BERRIES AT THE SHOP IN DRIED FORM JUST LIKE RAISINS. SPRINKLE THEM INTO YOUR CEREAL AND YOGURT OR JUICE THEM FOR A HEALING RUBY DRINK.
WHILE THESE SEEDS HAVE LONG BEEN USED FOR THEIR HEALING PROPERTIES, THEY ARE ONLY RECENTLY GAINING A SUPER-FOOD STATUS. FLAX-SEED IS A GREAT PLANT-BASED SOURCE OF FATTY OMEGA-3 ACIDS. OUR BODIES NEED THOSE ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS FOR BRAIN FUNCTION AND ENERGY PRODUCTION. ADDING LAX-SEEDS OR FLAX-SEED OIL TO YOUR DIET CAN ALSO IMPROVE OXYGEN TRANSFER AND YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. OF COURSE, THESE ARE ONLY A FEW BENEFITS THAT THIS LITTLE SEED CAN BRING INTO YOUR LIFE.
THERE YOU HAVE THEM, FIVE SUPER-FOODS TO SUPERCHARGE YOU AND GET YOU THROUGH THE DAY. BE AS CREATIVE AS YOU LIKE WHEN ADDING THEM TO YOUR DIET. GET READY TO EXPERIENCE THE INFLUX OF ENERGY!
THE MAGICAL POWERS OF COCONUT OIL
June 3rd 2019 - By Ashuni Pérez
COCONUTS GIVE US SUPER HYDRATING AND VITAMIN-RICH WATER FROM INSIDE THEIR TOUGH BROWN SHELLS. ALTHOUGH, THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF COCONUT DON’T STOP THERE. COCONUT OIL HAS AMAZING POWERS AS WELL! THIS VISCOUS OIL CAN HELP BOOST YOUR METABOLISM, IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTION, AND WORK AS A HEALTHY SUBSTITUTE FOR UNHEALTHY FATS. HERE ARE A FEW MORE MAGICAL POWERS COCONUT OIL POSSESSES.
CHANCES ARE YOU ARE NO STRANGER TO SEEING COCONUT OIL LISTED AS AN INGREDIENT IN SKINCARE PRODUCTS. IT’S NO SURPRISE AS COCONUT OIL MOISTURISES SKIN, REDUCES WRINKLES, AND EVEN RELIEVES ECZEMA. DAB A BIT OF OIL ONTO ANY TROUBLE AREAS AND LEAVE IT ON OVERNIGHT. YOUR SKIN WILL BE FEELING BETTER BY MORNING.
ACCELERATES WOUND HEALING
COCONUT OIL ALSO HELPS IMPROVE DAMAGED SKIN. YOU CAN USE IT TO HEAL CHAPPED LIPS AND SOOTHE CRACKED HEELS. USE IT AS A SALVE TO TREAT OPEN WOUNDS, BURNS, OR RASHES. FOR EXTRA HEALING POWER, MIX COCONUT OIL WITH ESSENTIAL OILS LIKE LAVENDER, MELALEUCA OR FRANKINCENSE. THESE OILS WORK TOGETHER TO QUICKEN THE HEALING PROCESS.
THIS SUPER MOISTURISING OIL CAN HELP REPAIR AND SOFTEN HAIR. COCONUT OIL REDUCES HAIR PROTEIN LOSS AND KEEPS YOUR HAIR HEALTHY. NOT TO MENTION, IT CAN HELP COMBAT DANDRUFF WHEN PLACED ON THE SCALP. IT EVEN WORKS TO ELIMINATE FRIZZ AND DE-TANGLE HAIR. COCONUT OIL MIGHT JUST BECOME YOUR NEW HAIR-CARE STAPLE.
PROMOTES DENTAL HEALTH
COCONUT OIL’S POWERFUL ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTI-FUNGAL PROPERTIES MAKE IT PERFECT FOR CARING FOR YOUR TEETH. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT ‘OIL PULLING’ WITH COCONUT OIL IS AS EFFECTIVE AS RINSING WITH MOUTHWASH. FOR THAT CLEAN MOUTH TASTE, ADD BAKING SODA AND A FEW DROPS OF PEPPERMINT OIL TO THE MIX. YOUR TEETH WILL THANK YOU!
PROTECTS FROM SUN DAMAGE
SPF OCCURS NATURALLY IN COCONUT OIL. IN FACT, SOME STUDIES ASSIGNED IT AN SPF OF 4-7. WHILE THAT’S QUITE LOW, IT IS ENOUGH TO HELP PREVENT SUN DAMAGE AND HEAL SUNBURNED SKIN. BEAR IN MIND THAT YOU DO NEED TO REAPPLY REGULARLY. IF YOU PLAN TO BE IN FULL SUN AT THE HOTTEST TIMES OF DAY, CONVENTIONAL SUNSCREEN MIGHT BE BEST.
IF YOU’RE A WOMAN, YOU’VE PROBABLY HAD A YEAST INFECTION BEFORE. THE TREATMENTS THAT YOU PURCHASE AT A PHARMACY CAN BE HARD ON YOUR VAGINAL ECOSYSTEM. COCONUT OIL IS A GREAT NATURAL ALTERNATIVE. ITS ANTI-FUNGAL PROPERTIES WORK JUST AS HARD TO KILL CANDIDA AS OTHER COMMONLY PRESCRIBED CREAMS.
HELPS WITH HOUSEHOLD CHORES
FANS OF CLEVER LIFE HACKS MAY ALREADY KNOW THAT COCONUT OIL HELPS SAVE TIME AND EFFORT IN THE HOME. YOU CAN USE IT TO REMOVE STAINS AND WASH CLOTHES NATURALLY. COCONUT OIL CAN EVEN SHINE YOUR FURNITURE AND POLISH YOUR SHOES. IN A PINCH, THIS OIL ALSO HELPS UNSTUCK CHEWING GUM AND UNZIP STUCK ZIPPERS.
COCONUT OIL WORKS LIKE A MAGIC WAND TO SOLVE A VARIETY OF PROBLEMS. FROM SKINCARE TO HEALTHCARE, THIS OIL HAS GOT YOU COVERED. TRY SOME OF THESE USES FOR COCONUT OIL TODAY AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!
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~ EUCALYPTUS ~
OCTOBER 18, 2017 - By Naphtaly Maria Zimmerman
EUCALYPTUS TREES AND SHRUBS ARE FROM THE MYRTLE FAMILY, THE NAME IS DERIVED FROM THE GREEK WORD "EUCALYPTOS" MEANING " WELL COVERED". THERE ARE ABOUT 300 TYPES OF EUCALYPTUS, HOWEVER MOST ESSENTIAL OILS DISTILLED FROM THE EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS ALSO NAME THE AUSTRALIAN’S BELOVED BLUE GUM. OTHERS SUCH AS EUCALYPTUS CITRIODORA ALSO KNOWN AS LEMON SCENTED.
THE EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS (BLUE GUM) THESE LEAVES ARE LONG, BLUISH-GREEN, CREAMY WHITE FLOWERS. THE TREE IS NATIVE TO BRAZIL, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, AUSTRALIA, CALIFORNIA, TASMANIA AND CHINA IN WHICH MOST EUCALYPTUS OIL IS PRODUCED. WHILE THE EUCALYPTUS CITRIODORA (LEMON SCENTED) LEAVES ARE OVAL, NARROW AND TAPERING MAINLY CULTIVATED IN CHINA AND BRAZIL.
~ EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS ~
THE MAIN CONSTITUENT OF EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS IS 80% EUCALYPTOL, AMYL ALCOHOL, ETHYL ALCOHOL VARIOUS ALDEHYDES, CAMPHENE, EUDESMOL, PINENE AND AROMADENDRENE. THIS OIL IS EXTRACTED BY STEAM DISTILLATION OF THE LEAVES AND YOUNG TWIGS, THE AROMA IS HEAD-CLEARING AND COOLING.
AROMATHERAPY USES FOR EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS: BLISTERS, BURNS, CHICKENPOX, COLD SORES, CUTS, INSECT BITES AND STINGS, ARTHRITIC PAIN, HAY FEVER, COLDS AND FLU.
EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS AESTHETIC BLENDING: THIS VARIETY OF EUCALYPTUS CAN BE BLEND WITH LAVENDER, FRANKINCENSE, THYME, ROSEMARY, LEMON, MARJORAM, MYRRH, PINE, BERGAMOT, CEDARWOOD AND CHAMOMILE.
~ EUCALYPTUS CITRIODORA ~
THE EUCALYPTUS CITRIODORA (LEMON SCENTED) OIL IS A PALE-YELLOW LIQUID WITH A STRONG CITRONELLA AROMA AND REFRESHING.
AROMATHERAPY USES FOR EUCALYPTUS CITRIODORA: INSECT REPELLENT, BRONCHITIS, THROAT INFECTIONS, FOOT CUTS, GRAZES AND MORE.
AROMATHERAPY USES FOR EUCALYPTUS CITRIODORA: THIS TYPE OF EUCALYPTUS IS VERY STRONG AND THEREFORE DOES NOT BLEND WELL WITH OTHER ESSENCES. HOWEVER, IT IS ACCEPTABLE WHEN BLENDED CAREFULLY WITH PALMAROSA, CYPRESS, TEA TREE AND GERANIUM.
~ SUGGESTIONS ~
USE EUCALYPTUS CITRIODORA (LEMON SCENTED) FOR :
1. SUGGESTED FOR CHEST RUB, INSOMNIA, FLU OR SIMPLY NOSE BLOCKED!
REGULAR INHALATION OF STEAM HELPS TO CLEAR THE NASAL PASSAGES AND RELIEVES EXCESS SPUTUM AND IRRITANTS. THIS WILL ELIMINATE SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS OF ALLERGIES SUCH AS STUFFY NOSE, SNEEZING AND SORE THROAT.
A. POUR BOILING WATER INTO A LARGE BOWL.
B. ADD THREE TO FOUR DROPS OF ESSENTIAL OIL ACCORDING TO TASTE AND ADD 3 LEAVES OF EUCALYPTUS AS WELL. (YOU MAY USE PEPPERMINT, ROSEMARY, OR TEA TREE OIL AS WELL.)
C. LEAN OVER THE BOWL AND GENTLY COVER HER HEAD WITH A TOWEL.
D. BREATHE DEEPLY 5-10 MINUTES OF STEAM, FOLLOWED BY THOROUGH WRINGING OF THE NOSE.
E. REPEAT SEVERAL TIMES A DAY UNTIL YOU FEEL NORMAL.
EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS (BLUE GUM)
2. SUGGESTED STEAM: EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS (BLUE GUM}
HANG IT IN THE SHOWER FOR NATURAL AROMA THERAPY. THE STEAM WILL RELEASE BENEFICIAL OILS
3. SUGGESTED MASSAGE OR VAPORISING TO EASE BREATHING AND FUGITIVE THE AIR: EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS (BLUE GUM) FOR ACUTE BRONCHITIS AND CATARRH –
25ML VEGETABLE BASE OIL
3 DROPS OF LAVENDER
5 DROPS OF EUCALYPTUS OIL
4 DROPS OF MYRRH
EUCALYPTUS CAN BE USE IN SEVERAL WAYS ESPECIALLY IN MASSAGE TO RELIEVE PAIN IN RHEUMATISM, FIBROSITIS, MUSCULAR ACHES.
EUCALYPTUS CONSIDERED TOXIC IN LARGE AMOUNT, THIS OIL MUST NEVER BE TAKEN INTERNALLY AS RELATIVELY CAN BE FATAL, ESPECIALLY TO CHILDREN.
PLEASE DO NOT USE IN BATH, AS ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT THE OIL CAN IRRITATE SKIN IF USED IN THE BATH.
September 6TH 2017 - By Naphtaly Maria Zimmerman
A small medium-sized tree, bay grows wild in the West Indies and Venezuela, where it is also cultivated. It is a sturdy evergreen shrub and tree family of the Myrtle family.
MOST COMMON USES
Good general tonic
Good for the hair
Helps to reduce fever
Help relieve muscle cramps and aches
Beneficial in improving appetite
Strong pulmonary antiseptic
Good for colds, influenza and bronchitis
Used to season stews, vegetables, pickles
Used in perfumery, also to aromatise Bay rum and other toiletries
Uplifts people who tend to be depressive or to lack stamina
Steam distillation of the leaves produces an oil that varies in colour from yellow to dark brown. It’s warm, pungent, spicy, medicinal, herbaceous aroma, fruity smell.
Bay oil has a high eugenol content and may irritate the skin and mucus membranes, AVOID DURING PREGNANCY.
3 TECHNIQUES FOR RELAXATION
MARCH 8, 2017 - By Naphtaly Maria Zimmerman
Everyone deserves time to relax, you deserve it. You don’t need to to go to the spa, leisure centre or a retreat for relaxation. NaphtalyWorld will demonstrate ways in less than 20 minutes for stress-relieving.
1. Breathe in and breathe out
Take few minutes to focus on your breathing, sit up straight, put one hand on your belly, and close your eyes.
Breathe deeply, inhale slowly and exhale through your mouth.
Breathing deeply counters the effect of stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.
When it comes to meditation, majority think it’s about chanting but really it is spending time in the moment and focus on your senses and you will feel less tense.
Your mind will be at ease and your brain can start stimulating.
Any of these repetitive actions such as painting, swimming, any activity that can swift your attention calm in the present.
3. Drink hot tea
There are several herbs that could give you the sedative effect you may need during hardships.
Most herbs should steep between 5 to 10 minutes, if you want to use fresh herbs, I’ll advise to put 3 tablespoons or if you are using dried herbs use 1 teaspoon with hot water.
There are a lot of tea, however I will state few that are good for relaxation.
Chamomile - Traditional herb favourite for its calming influence, it helps to decrease mild anxiety, it help soothe the stomach.
Green tea - Besides it’s high antioxidant content, green tea offers health and beauty. It helps you to relax as it contains theanine. Green tea does contain caffeine, you may want to try decaffeinate kind for relaxation.